Every day we see more of our summer friends returning. Shop fronts are being painted and windows filling with great things. The anticipation of summer is in the air.
Heather Chapman and her fiancé Paul Angelastro were here from New Jersey for Mother’s Day. They were not the only young couple visiting various wedding venues across the Island this weekend. Paul also enjoyed his first experience with the Frisbee golf tournament.
Our own Susan Branch has a new line of hand-hooked wool scatter rugs, pillows, and chair pads. The designs are taken from her watercolors. You can see some of these and her catalog at The Beach House on Main Street. I especially like the summer day and octopus’s garden scenes.
Tomorrow, Friday, enjoy the Contemporary Jazz Concert at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 7 pm, presented by a jazz ensemble of professional island musicians. They are Eric Johnson on electric and nylon-string guitar, Tauras Biskis, percussion, and Boaz Kirschenbaum, fretless bass guitar. Special guest Steve Tully will perform on soprano and tenor saxophones. Affordable tickets are $10, $5 for seniors over 60 and free for children under 14 years.
Saturday is your last chance to enjoy Roger Spinney’s pulled pork dinner from 5 to 7 pm. All you can eat with cornbread and such with the special barbecue cooked by Rev. Spinney. All this at the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children. The Rev. Roger Spinney will be leaving the Island at the end of May.
It is a good cause but such a sad name. Sunday is the annual Alzheimer’s Miles of Memories Walk. Walkers will step off at noon along the bike path, going from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School to Dodger’s Hole Road and back, just under 2.5 miles.
We all know someone with Alzheimer’s. It is a disease that gets worse over time and is debilitating and frightening, both for the patient and the family. There is no known cure.
This fundraiser is intended to expand awareness and raise monies to fight this dread disease. To donate, go to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a check to Alzheimer’s Services, 712 Main St, Hyannis MA 02601. For more, call Tom Dresser at 508-693-1050 or email@example.com. All monies serve families on the Cape and Islands.
On Saturday the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library will hold their monthly mini book sale from 1 to 3. This is a good time to get your books for the beach. The Friends have used some of these funds to subscribe to Ancestry online so anyone can go to the library and look up their ancestors.
Children aged 5 and up are invited to the library to get fit with Lisa Amols today at 3:30 pm. The Teen Book Club will enjoy a movie next Wednesday, May 19, at 4 pm: I understand it is something to do with searching for unicorns. Little ones have puppets with Mary Wilson for stories, songs and fun on May 25.
“Fish Tank” will be shown on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. This British film is the story of Mia, a volatile 15-year-old who is always in trouble and has been suspended from school and ostracized by her friends. One hot summer day her mother brings home a mysterious stranger who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives. Not rated. Cost is $8, $5 for film society members. For more see mvfilmsociety.com or call 774-392-2972.
Our new hospital triggered the Mass. Dept. of Public Health regulations to ensure expansion is needed. The hospital will give a percentage of the cost to the Island for health initiatives. A planning committee has been working the last five months to identify our most pressing health needs.
Next week, on May 18 and 20, two community forums will be held to consider the issue, and everyone interested is invited. From 7 to 8:30 pm on May 18 at the Howes House in West Tisbury and May 20 at the Vineyard Haven Library. If you cannot attend but want to participate, go online to fill out a brief Community Health Needs Survey. The link to the survey in English is: surveymonkey.com/s/M7KR3D2. For more, call Dedie Wieler at 693-0410, ext. 203.
Congratulations to Tom Mello on his “early retirement” from the Steamship Authority. Thousands of Islanders will miss his smiling face at the early morning check in. Enjoy your life, Tom, and do something new to celebrate.
Congratulations to Judy and Allan Davey and their son Allan Davey and his wife Ann. These couples will celebrate their wedding anniversaries in another week.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Amy Levine. Brendan O’Neill will party tomorrow. Sunday belongs to Jill Walsh. Our son Craig Mayhew will mark another good year on Wednesday.
Wish the best next Thursday to Lillian Hammond, Mary Cressy, and Maura Ziemian. Happy birthday to Elaine Ciancio who celebrates on May 22. We wish a very happy one to Olyvia Houston on May 23. Party with Shawn Townes and Leah Ellis on the 24th and their cousin Kylie Townes on the 27th.
Heard on Main Street: Is this warm spring what we are getting instead of a nice summer?